– No funds at this time
By Rustom Seegopaul
Following the reports by residents of La Harmonie, West Bank Demerara, about the sad state of the roads, paths and the La Harmonie Primary School compound, and a visit by Kaieteur News and the subsequent publication of the findings, Chairman of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Region Three, Julius Faerber, explained that contrary to popular belief La Harmonie and other areas which are so isolated do not fall under the jurisdiction of a Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC).
According to the Chairman, in the case of La Harmonie, the RDC is responsible.
Commenting about the La Harmonie Primary School, Faerber said that since the school was in such a remote area, the RDC had asked the head teacher of the school to take charge and to secure someone to ensure that the compound was kept in order.
Schoolchildren are made to walk for approximately one hour through a muddy trail to reach their school. Just days ago a puma, measuring some five feet long, was found, dead, on the same trail which the schoolchildren traverse on a daily basis.
The La Harmonie Primary School yard is completely overgrown with tall grass, to an extent that the school building is almost invisible from outside the compound.
Parents told Kaieteur News that the schoolchildren are sometimes made to cut the grass immediately surrounding the school.
It was reported that a man is paid to maintain the school compound but he does not as he is constantly engaged in work in the hinterland region of Guyana.
The Chairman said that the RDC would launch an investigation into the matter. He, at the same time, urged residents of the area to contact the RDC if there were wrongs taking place within the community.
Speaking about the muddy trails, Faerber said that the RDC had budgeted for the bulldozing and upkeep of the trails but said that funds had not been allocated for this. Hopefully, he said, next year, capital would be allocated by the Central Ministry, for the renovation of the trails.
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